Danica Patrick ‘buckles’ down at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 12:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, sits in her car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 12: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, sits in her car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

FORT WORTH, Tex.–How do we know that Danica Patrick is “the fastest girl in town?”

Her belt buckle says so.

Fresh from an outstanding 12th-place run last Sunday at Martinsville, Patrick took questions from reporters behind her transporter Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway. It was impossible not to notice the “bling” on her belt.

A massive buckle sported rhinestones and the numbers 10 and 7, which Patrick ran in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, respectively, last year. The buckle was a gift from boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., based on an agreement the drivers made as their friendship blossomed last year at Daytona.

“This started at the beginning of last year when I said that… he (Stenhouse) wanted some Twitter followers,” Patrick explained. “So I was like ‘Well, if I help you with that, can I have a belt buckle?’ So that started at Daytona and so, anyway, he had it made. I got it just before the second Texas race last year (in November).

“I wore it last year at the end of the year. It was very nice. I know these things they are handmade. They are not cheap and it’s really cool to have. It says ‘fastest girl in town.’ That was a nice gift. He didn’t actually need to live up to that bet, but it was nice that he did.”

Perhaps Stenhouse, however, should demand more for his part of the bargain. As of Saturday, Patrick had more than 886,000 Twitter followers. Though the drivers acknowledged their romantic relationship in February, the number of Stenhouse’s Twitter followers is lagging behind at slightly more than 88,000.

Of course, Patrick’s promise was for 10,000 followers, and she delivered.

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